Old shipping containers are getting a whole new day in the sun. You've probably already seen people turn the metal boxes into tiny homes. Well, now you can turn those containers into above ground swimming pools, which are perfect year-round. All you need is a pool cover during the cold months.
Most people know you've got two options for pools. You can either shell out major bucks to put one in the ground like a traditional swimming pool, or find a (probably unattractive) above-ground pool. Of course, some people can't actually put a pool in their backyard because of rocks or space issues.
Companies like Canada-based Modpools are creating cost-effective solutions for people who want a swimming pool but can't get one. So they turn old shipping containers into heated pools. Base prices are around $27,000 which is incredibly affordable for the entire pool and doesn't require any ground prep.
Besides looking really slick, the Modpools have several impressive perks. For one, they cost about half as much as a conventional in-ground pool. They also leave a really low carbon footprint, set up in minutes (seriously) and -- get this -- are movable.
Of course, these pools have a few obvious drawbacks. Like the fact that they're smaller than the typical pool. But with such a low price point and wait time, this option definitely makes sense for certain demographics.
You can even use a special divider to create a hot tub for one half. The pool below looks seriously cool with the swim spa added in its own corner.
As the pictures show, you can build a deck around them, or go completely in-ground or choose somewhere in between. Plus, the pools feature high-tech lighting systems and touch-screen controls. And they just look cool.
How cool is this shipping container pool with glass panels on the side window? The beauty of using these companies to create your own pool is you get to customize it however you'd like.
You can even get creative with your led lights in the pool so that you can have your own look and feel. There really are endless pool opportunities based on what you'd like in your pool area.
This post was originally published on April 20, 2017.